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  • Harshad Joshi 4:47 am on June 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: backdoors, cyberspying, huawei, human rights, NSA, prism, , security, telecom, USA   

    The triple whammy of cyber spying on people 

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  • Harshad Joshi 12:24 pm on March 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Google Voice,   

    XMPP stanzas for Google Voice user in india 

    Google Voice is an awesome service that enables free callings to USA and Canada and has got affordable rates for rest of world..From last few days, I am getting Google Voice’s Call button in my gmail chat window. As Google Voice is not officially launched in India, this service keeps on coming and vanishing randomly..

    I captured some xmpp stanzas using my xmpp bot

    got   <presence from=”purigol@gmail.com/gmail.D63F1C6C” to=”firewalrus@gmail.com/0A882B52” id=”4″>
    <priority>24</priority>
    <caps:c node=”http://mail.google.com/xmpp/client/caps” ver=”1.1″ ext=”pmuc-v1 sms-v1 video-v1 voice-v1″ xmlns:caps=”http://jabber.org/protocol/caps“/>
    <status>Meeeep</status>
    <x xmlns=”vcard-temp:x:update”>
    <photo/>
    </x>
    </presence>

    DEBUG: dispatcher   ok    Got jabber:client/presence stanza
    DEBUG: dispatcher   ok    Dispatching presence stanza with type-> props->[u’jabber:client’, u’http://jabber.org/protocol/caps‘, u’vcard-temp:x:update’] id->4
    DEBUG: roster       ok    Setting roster item purigol@gmail.com for resource gmail.D63F1C6C…

    I have got some screenshots, but i will save them for later stages.

    I am not sure if Google is just testing Google Voice promo in India..i believe its launch in india will radically change the voice and mobile market..

    Dear google, please free us from the tyranny of mobile companies… 😉 😛

     
  • Harshad Joshi 12:32 pm on August 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Idea Cellular, OpenWengo, Reliance India Mobil, Skype, STD, Tata Indicom, Telephones, TRAI,   

    TRAI okays net telephony in India 

    The Telecom regulator in India, TRAI on Monday allowed ISPs to offer unrestricted internet telephony services, a move that will further boost competition in the domestic long distance segment and lower STD tariffs.

    “It is envisaged that customers will ultimately benefit from cost effective and innovative internet telephony service.

    These recommendations will put Indian telecom sector in tune with global trends. The grey market tendencies shall be curtailed,” TRAI said in a statement.

    As per the TRAI recommendations, the STD service providers would be connected to ISPs through public internet for the purpose and the two service providers would have mutual agreement for the same.

    The move will permit calls from personal computers to fixed line and mobile phones. Currently, a voice call can travel between two computers but not from a mobile or a fixed phone. This is expected to open huge channels of revenues for Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

    The Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC), a technical arm of Department of Telecom, will work out the number plan for the ISPs to enable them to offer telephone services.

    “Telephone numbers from identified blocks shall be allocated to ISPs, Unified Access Service Providers, BasicService Providers and Cellular Mobile Service Providers for internet telephony,” TRAI said.

    With a view to make internet telephony secure, TRAI said, all ISPs interested to provide unrestricted internet telephony would install “Lawful Interception” equipments. Usually, that would mean that the government or law enforcement agencies will be able to monitor anyone, good to prevent terrorist conversations, but potentially seen as a invasion on privacy..Further, voice grade communication requires strict QoS control and it also needs good broadband penetration among people..Given the policy of calling 256 kbps as broadband in India, I doubt whether there will be real mass appeal to this scheme. Lets see..

     
  • Harshad Joshi 3:14 pm on March 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , ,   

    Broadband 

    I am happy with my new Broadband offering me 2Mbps, but I am not satisfied with the initial download limit they have imposed for the starter plan.

     
    • mph 3:24 pm on May 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I just saw your comment on Markshuttleworth’s blog about ubuntu.

      1. The reason that Ubuntu does not deliver mp3/divx/wma is that ubuntu is available for free. To distribute the above legally requires paying people for the rights to. (patents) I do know that windows costs the same amount in certain areas of asia however it is not totally legal.
      If you want the mp3/divx/wma then buy linspire (http://linspire.com/)

      2. Yes, there are more exe files around but an exe is not a package it is just a simple program (unless you are talking about self expanding archive). For windows firefox.exe is fine but you really need all the other hundreds of files that are part of the mozilla installer. Also, with self expanding archives and installers is it not a pain that all of them are similar but are not. You can’t really easily automate installing many apps onto a machine easily like you can with rpm/deb. Ex: how would you go about creating an auto install for firefox in windows with your own plugins and prefered home page.

      3. http://www.linuxgames.com/

  • Harshad Joshi 1:01 pm on November 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Internet, Reliance, TATA, Telephone   

    Tata teleservices offers the cheapest internet access in india 

    CDMA services provider Tata Teleservices Ltd (TTSL) is taking the tariff war to a new turf with the launch of low-end handsets priced around Rs 2,000 with internet connection.
    The company will charge around Rs 100 per month for its services, the lowest in the country for browsing the Net over mobile phones, compared with the existing tariffs of around Rs 500 per month charged by other service providers.
    The Tata group company has entered into a tie-up with Opera Mini, a global mobile browser developer, and CDMA software major Qualcomm for the chipset.

    Initially, the service would be available on Huawei 2900i, priced at Rs 1,999 and other low-end handsets that would be rolled out by the company.
    At present, internet services are also available on Samsung Explore, which is priced at Rs 5,499. “This would be cheapest internet connection over mobile phones in India, if not in the world,” added Sethi.
    An unlisted company, TTSL is adding around 1 million customers per month and, at present, has over 20 million subscribers across 22 circles in the country.
    Industry analysts said this would be the cheapest internet service even though firms such as Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications and BPL Mobile provide internet over mobile phones, the lowest rates would hover around Rs 400 per month.

    Even though we wont expect decent broadband on demand very soon, nevertheless it will prove a good effort by Tatas to take internet access to almost every strata of society, where many people lack even the most basic telephony service. Between the spectrum allocation issues, its intresting to find what the future will hold for Indian telephone industry.

     
    • gyan 3:18 pm on March 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      tata huawei 2900i software

    • ravinder 3:01 pm on May 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      send huawai 2900i driver(98+Xp) and software

    • Mayank 7:43 am on May 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      anyone having tata huawei 2900i driver and software for XP please send to mayank@leavemealone.in

    • vishal 2:41 pm on August 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      fds

    • krishan 9:15 am on September 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      my phone 2900i set data cabel is not supporting to my computer

    • krishan 9:17 am on September 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      anyone having tata huawei 2900i driver and software for XP please send to krishan_19876@yahoo.com

    • suman 3:02 am on September 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      anyone having tata huawei 2900i driver and software for XP please send to satyasumank@gmail.com

    • sunil 7:22 pm on September 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      anyone having tata huawei 2900i driver and software for XP please send to pareeks95@yahoo.co.in

    • sunil 7:23 pm on September 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      my phone 2900i set data cabel is not supporting to my computer

    • jasvir chhikara 5:18 am on September 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      any one need c2900i drivers. can contact me on 9210937219.

    • mridul 11:25 am on November 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      i am having samsung sch-s109.can i connect internet thru it on my PC??

    • prince 6:03 pm on December 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      anyone having tata huawei 2900i driver and software for XP please send to princepruthi18@yahoo.com

    • a.srinivas rao 10:07 am on January 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      anyone having tata huawei 2900i driver and software for XP please

    • tarun agrawal 4:03 am on May 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      ya i have the driver of 2900i and
      i know the internet setting of huawei 2900i.
      so if you wanna driver and know how to connect
      phone to pc so mail me
      my id tarun.agrwal8@gmail.com
      i will send you the driver.

    • vinay nisar 8:09 am on October 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      i have drivers but do not know how to use with pc

    • balveer 6:26 pm on February 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      i have a c 2900i huawei mobile driver.
      m. 09414331666

    • ankur 10:18 am on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      plz sir tellme how to connect internet from huawei2900i set to computer..is there some softwar require for connectivity

  • Harshad Joshi 3:48 pm on July 15, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy Blogging – Blogging completes its first 10 years 

    According to Wall Street Journal, this is the 10th year since the first blog came to life..thats quite an incredible fact.

    Blogging has got several advantages

    1. It allows people to create web content that people can read and comment on

    2. It also made use of RSS (web site syndication), and also introduced several new concepts like podcasting, content management, social networks, news feeds etc.

    3. Arguably, one can say that true digital democracy exists today primarily due to blogs people read and people write. Infact there have been several instances where there were heated discussions of bloggers being ‘failed’ journalist, but anyway, todays bloggers have got far more awareness as far as content quality is concerned.

    4. Blogging forms the first successful step in Web 2.0 revolution.

    Lets know something more about the blokes who began this revolution.

    1. Dave Winer, 52, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

    (From scripting.com, quite a good read, but dont worry if you fail to understand some of the post content)

    2. Jorn Bargar is the father of the term ‘weblog’ which was actually a joint word of ‘Web Log’, when he began the first blog of internet history –The Robot Wisdom.

    3.The next mentioning blog is BoingBoing. Boing Boing (originally bOING bOING) is a publishing entity, first established as a magazine, later becoming an award winning group blog.

    4. Curiously, I find that a blog going by a title ‘icanhascheezburger‘ is always at the top of WordPress blogs most of the time, I am not too sure what this thing means, but its certain that people visit that blog more times then they visit mine…I rarely visit that blog, but the curious ones can try it out 😛

    This is what the blog owner says

    I Can Has Cheezburger is a site that gathers, organizes, tags, and captions what we hope is the most funny and slightly weird pictures of lolcats and lol* (other animals) from the Internet. We also receive user submissoins, and we caption some (tag = wemadesit!). Many of the earlier images on this site were found around the internet and forums (there are hundreds of forums where this meme has grown outside of its original context such as fark, fazed, vwforums, gpforums) — we attribute as much information as is available, however due to the nature of the internet, anonymity, the inability to locate the creators of a picture, and sourcing info our information may be incomplete, or flawed.

    There are more interesting blogs and sites, I will continue adding here, but later…till then,

    Happy Blogging…

     
  • Harshad Joshi 3:58 pm on July 4, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ,   

    Get an Apple iPhone for free 

    Theres a strange aura about Apple iPhone, theres so much to write about it, people outside America are madly waiting to lay their hands on this wonderful amalgamation between a Apple Macintosh + mobil phone + iPod + PDA + fragile design + hype.

    How about winning this incredible device for free without answering freaky questions, without solving ridiculous puzzles, without stealing, or dropping dead? A comparatively new, lesser known web 2.0 review company-Rev2 is giving away iPhones for free, over here. Hard to believe, but theres no reason why one shouldent try to win this thing, after all, its the iPhone, the real iPhone we all non Americans, Asians have been waiting for.

    Apple definately must be happy seeing the way iPhones were sold out however there were some reports of slow activation, delayed starts, non replacable SIM cards by AT&T, but thats all, apart from this there hasent been any major hassle of any sort.

    Many people are curious to know when the Apple iPhone is to be launched in India/Asia, I think Apple should try coming here early, else this market will be captured by Treo, Nokia N series, Motorola, and Sony Erricson multemedia devices.

    Umm…the future looks awesome, hope for some more goddy. Dont forget this cool site giving an Apple iPhone for free. Rev2.org indeed is having lots of guts, and mind you, theres no big sites thats offering this scheme as of now. Good luck.

     
    • anand 11:12 am on July 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i am interested in mobiles
      i have interest to buy iphone but i my dad
      scolded that u have already bought nokia7610

    • james 2:45 pm on July 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i think that if you have a you should go behind his back and buy the iphone and when your dad finds out it should be a few weeks back from when he told you know yeah he will be dissapointed but he will forgive sometime around.

    • midhun 7:02 pm on July 15, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i am interested to buy iphone…but i didnt got job to buy it…….

    • Shekhil 6:15 am on June 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi…guys……
      Ya..me toooooooooo Awaiting for the lauch of iPHONe in INDIA.

      ANy one know…Whn it is to be in INDIA??
      ANd exact price..

      Anyway am suprised with all facilities that i see on the specifications of this moile..Its awesome;)

    • sonu 3:27 pm on June 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      i m waiting for launching in india 3g

    • Harshad Joshi 6:26 am on June 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Forget 3G, Long live wifi…

    • Ajay Patel 6:05 am on July 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi All,

      Eye is Beautiful part of our body, Same as Eye I want this iPhone as Part of My Life.

    • Ajay Patel 5:17 am on July 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi All,

      CoooooooooooooolApple Eye Phone
      The Apple of my eye.
      So I want this eye.

    • Trushank 12:22 pm on August 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      the iPhone is been waited for so much time in INDIA that as it will launch
      people will explode at the stores

    • Trushank 12:25 pm on August 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      an iPhone means
      an i(eye) catching phone
      and also it means the 3rd generation technology that is emerging with the
      iPhone

    • taylor 9:36 pm on August 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      heyyy ppl i want the iphone so bad i have been wanting it since the day it cam out and my mom says i cant have it becuase i already have a phone yea a dumb cricket one but anyways i really want and need this phone who doesnt want ti it has everything on it how cool is that anyways i cant wait to see who wins the contest bye….. remember i reallly really really really want this bye again

    • vineeth 11:33 am on September 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      iphone for free is like a god meets me , how i can get a friend with god , if i get i phone for free is like a friend with with god

    • W Zenith 2:08 am on August 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I m in very poor family. And also i know its specifications. I love iphone too. I’ve been dreaming about Iphone everyday . But i could not afford to buy this. That’s why i’ve been searching to get an iphone for free.. So Plz grant me to give an iphone for free

  • Harshad Joshi 6:18 pm on June 12, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    A practical approach for blocking Orkut and saving trouble 

    From the past few days theIndian media is in all sorts of frenzy, displaying the news and reports telling that Indian government has instructed CERT India to ‘ban’ Orkut access primarily because,

    1. Indian authorities believe that Orkut allowes creation of flame communities that pack enough ammunation to set cities on fire and a punch that hurts the fragile ego of icon worshippers.

    2. Orkut is a place where loners waste their bandwidth hunting for girls, their personal details, a photograph or pieces of vital info.

    3. Orkuts a facinating place where you can abuse anyone, yes anyone, ranging from George Dubya Bush to the local administration without the fear of getting in line of fire. Although too much abusing or ranting can lead to your profile or community being marked as fake. But why bother , you can create plenty of fake accounts.

    4. Orkut is also a place where one can secretly plan their next rave party without the cops noticing it.

    Actually, I am not sure that this is what the government or authorities think of, but these all activites are being carried out on Orkut. No doubt about it. And I also know that the democratic government of India will try as little as possible to ‘ban’ it, afterall, the govt has so many daunting tasks ahead of them, be it the election of new president after Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the Chinese theat claims over Arunachal Pradesh, the rising value of ruppee against the US dollor(Huh, isent this thing funny? The rise of ruppee against dollor is extremely conducive to the booming Indian economy, but is a warning bell for the cheap service industry that is the home of US BPOs etc. Strange ways of economy. What to lose and what to keep?)

    On top of it, people get mad each time they discover that Orkut is being misused by sadistic outfits for achieving their targets. Orkut certainly gives a nice facility to create various groups and read a wide audience, but is it vitally necessary to get involved in Orkut to a level where we find it difficult to communication without the digital network? I mean the analog social network, the real one is much more good option.

    Some reasons for Orkuts wide misuse

    1. It allows creation of fake profiles and hate communities. Although theres provision for reporting it as bogus, the procedure isent foolproof. It can work either ways. Using this facility, someone can report a persons profile as bogus, even though that individual may be posting the truth. Who is to decide that the validity and quality of contents posted are in interest of community or no? Tough job, AI hasent reached this height as of now.

    2. People have to learn to exist in digital world. Even if the digital world is limited to a few dark servers placed on unknown datacenters, the impact they cause on real lifes can be damaging. It cannot be blamed on any digital network. People carry their personality, their good, bad attributes, imperfections, ideologies where ever they go. When this happens, usually theres trouble, leading to unstability.

    Inspite of everything, Orkut wont be ‘banned’, no one except the Chinese govt has the courage to ‘ban’ Google, but I still think that Orkut needs to be ‘blocked’ in offices, corporations, at place of work, school, colleges, government sections, public places etc. Doing this will be more feasible. Majority of well known companies block access to Orkut site, the reason is very simple – Dont want to distract the employees attention from work, and dont want to get into any legal trouble because of any employees miscreant activies.

    In schools and colleges, we go to study and not surf the web. Its common sense. We dont want to expose students to ill effects of bad company.

    So, that leaves us to homes. Yes, at home, we are free to do  anything. Access Orkut from your home.

    Moral of the story – Orkut cannot be ‘banned’ in India but it certainly can be ‘blocked’ by using proxy servers. Any digital social network can be a great tool to explore the world around us, but till the time we dont find a common unified way of understanding the ‘real’ world, we might face these problems forever.

    And as usual, as far as I am concerned, I personally feel that there are lot of other problems in this world that need a top priority attention example – Global Warming, Rise of terrorist outfits etc. It makes little sense to quarrel and argue over a damm freaky Orkut.

     
    • Shyam 10:45 am on September 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Global warming is a myth.

  • Harshad Joshi 11:16 am on April 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Magnetic Media 

    One of the most common ways to transport data from one computer to another is to write them onto magnetic tape or removable media (e.g., recordable DVDs), physically transport the tape or disks to the destination machine, and read them back in again. Although this method is not as sophisticated as using a geosynchronous communication satellite, it is often more cost effective, especially for applications in which high bandwidth or cost per bit transported is the key factor.

    A simple calculation will make this point clear. An industry standard Ultrium tape can hold 200 gigabytes. A box 60 x 60 x 60 cm can hold about 1000 of these tapes, for a total capacity of 200 terabytes, or 1600 terabits (1.6 petabits). A box of tapes can be delivered anywhere in the United States in 24 hours by Federal Express and other companies. The effective bandwidth of this transmission is 1600 terabits/86,400 sec, or 19 Gbps. If the destination is only an hour away by road, the bandwidth is increased to over 400 Gbps. No computer network can even approach this.

    For a bank with many gigabytes of data to be backed up daily on a second machine (so the bank can continue to function even in the face of a major flood or earthquake), it is likely that no other transmission technology can even begin to approach magnetic tape for performance. Of course, networks are getting faster, but tape densities are increasing, too.

    If we now look at cost, we get a similar picture. The cost of an Ultrium tape is around $40 when bought in bulk. A tape can be reused at least ten times, so the tape cost is maybe $4000 per box per usage. Add to this another $1000 for shipping (probably much less), and we have a cost of roughly $5000 to ship 200 TB. This amounts to shipping a gigabyte for under 3 cents. No network can beat that. The moral of the story is:

    Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway.

     
    • Desktopjunk 6:53 pm on April 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, always good posts on your blog!

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  • Harshad Joshi 5:59 pm on April 2, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bangalore, Centrino, Hyderabad, , Intel, Intel Centrino, Laptops, , Wi-fi, Wimax, Wireless   

    Unwiring Pune – Indias first Wi-Max enabled city 

    Finally its there. The ‘Unwiring Pune’ project has kicked off.. This new wirefree access utilizes WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) and Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) technologies to equip Pune with high-speed wireless internet. Wireless connectivity will allow people to access the Internet through a laptop or personal digital assistant (PDA), sans the need for cables. WiMAX is claimed to be the most cost-efficient way of building wireless data networks and a means to link people over large distances for “last mile” connectivity and bridging the digital divide. Taking a leap over Bangalore and Hyderabad, Pune will become the first Indian city to have a high-speed wireless Internet network even before the Centre’s much-awaited spectrum policy is announced. Initially Pune did had a demo of wireless internet access on Walking Plaza, but today, this project has finally taken off in grand style. Streaming, broadband access and that too with ease and convinience is sure to rock Pune. Imagine the power of Broadband without the hassles of wires..

    What more can I say? Its true that Pune was coming in news for all the wrong reasons(rave parties, orkut misuse etc), but now I think that this news makes one feel good….Similar kind of service is provided by the search engine giant Google in San Francisco. Now we are at par with the developed regions in some departments, if not all, but that shouldent stop us from being happy..

    Q. What is WiMAX?

    A. WiMAX (World Interoperability for Microwave Access), based on the IEEE 802.16 standard, is expected to enable true broadband speeds over wireless networks at a cost point to enable mass market adoption. WiMAX is the only wireless standard today that has the ability to deliver true broadband speeds and help make the vision of pervasive connectivity a reality.

    There are two main applications of WiMAX today: fixed WiMAX applications are point-to-multipoint enabling broadband access to homes and businesses, whereas mobile WiMAX offers the full mobility of cellular networks at true broadband speeds. Both fixed and mobile applications of WiMAX are engineered to help deliver ubiquitous, high-throughput broadband wireless services at a low cost.

    Intel currently plans to integrate WiMAX and WiFi into its notebook platforms based on Intel® Centrino® Mobile Technologies. Pairing the two will help bring users the ultimate in high-speed mobile broadband. Intel believes that WiMAX, with its technical and economic advantages, should help enable mainstream adoption of personal broadband.

    Moral of the story – Get a laptop having Intel Centrino Mobile Technology.. 😀

    Update : 23 April 2008 – No further development and this project seems to have lost momentum

     
    • BD 6:45 pm on April 2, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Wow that’s great news! It’d be great if you could link to some sources that talk more about this project.

    • Vinod Ponmanadiyil 2:16 pm on April 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      The Bangalore Unwired Project kicked off early – as usual. But tangled in the beaurocratic-tapes – as usual.

    • Harshad Joshi 6:24 pm on April 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      For a looong time bangalore has been getting attention and resources, but now its time that the overhyped city gets a break..its too much crowded..

      East or west..Pune is the BEST, and soon, Pune will overtake the world..Watch it.

    • suresh patil 7:05 am on April 4, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      its really get dat ,,….people…use it ..we have no more time 2 spend ..its better dat we can access net from anywhere …..in any place ….

      thx

    • Rashmi 7:38 pm on April 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Can i Apply for it.I m 2007 passout fresher I.T. engineer

    • Madhu 10:06 am on April 11, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Its indeed great that…….pune is grabbing attention of all…….and soon i am sure it will overtake…..bangalore and become the IT hub of india

    • Harshad Joshi 6:37 pm on April 11, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Madhu
      Pune holds the power to be the IT and educational epicenter of the entire world, not just India.

    • Harshad Joshi 6:39 pm on April 11, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Rashmi
      Huh? I doubt your ‘IT’ skills… 😀

    • harish 2:13 pm on July 25, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      hi nice job
      think collage guys r eagerly waiting for the bike

    • hudson 6:40 am on September 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Wow that’s great news!Can i Apply for it.I m 2007 passout fresher For a looong time chennai Annagar has been getting attention and resources, to me

    • hudson 6:44 am on September 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      whery naice bike more am also waiting for the bike

    • satish sharma 2:46 pm on April 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      nice bike of yahama 165cc as compair herohonda cbz, apachi and bajaj pulusr dtsi.

  • Harshad Joshi 1:51 pm on March 12, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Dish TV 

    5 reasons for avoiding satellite TV services in India esp Dish TV

    1. Dish TV is a utter crap service handled by a couple of jerks. Their STB’s (set top boxes) are manufactured in China and are of very inferior quality. One of our boxes has gone on a ride

    2. Their service is very bad. I dont know any other company which dosent provide TV services even after paying the alloted rent.

    3. The dealer and the company have got different opinion about the schemes and number of channel subscription.

    4. The movies on demand are of utter crap quality. They are mostly unwatched B or C grade Hindi movies which were thrown out of theaters in the 1 week itself.

    5. The customer care is handled by half paid blokes. One of them asked me to do a MASTER RESET and discovered that there is a ‘problem’ in their STB. Whoa….Its like formatting the disk and trying to find the stored data in there…and then saying ‘Oh, there might be a lil’ bug’.

    One positive thing about Dish TV is that free-to-air channels can be viewed on the STB, even if monthly rent isent paid on time(this can change soon). However, I dont need to clarify about the media quality of free-to-air channels. Its unspeakable.

    I think the TRAI has lost a chance to earn more bribe by leaving out the TV section. Pathetic dogs.

     
    • Hardy 10:00 am on July 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Friend,
      Just In reply of your view specially on Dish Tv. As i am using Dish TV for past 2 years and till there is no problem with services or with any instrument.
      1. As you said about STB i don’t think its of inferior quality else it will not work smoothly for last two years.

      2. About dealers and company everybody will have same information. As currentlythey have one great offer “FREE BHI ZYADA BHI” in this you will get 6 month free on 1st Connection and 12 Months on second.

      3. Movie on deman….they shown a lots of good movie as well like munna bhai, phir hera feri….and list goes on.

      4. About customer care till now i have faced any problem they resolved my queries very nicely.

      Further list of goodies are very large as compared to other key players in the market.

  • Harshad Joshi 3:05 pm on January 19, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    1 year of blogging 

    Gosh..Its my blogs 1st birthday today. Happy birthday little blog. 😛

     
  • Harshad Joshi 8:47 am on January 11, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , CDMA, , , iPod Touch, Japan, NTT DoCoMo, RIM Blackberry Bold 9000, Smartphones,   

    Apple iPhone – The evening after in India and rest of Asia 

    Apple iPhone is todays equivalent example of Sony Walkman of yesterday. Theres no path breaking features that it offers, but apparantly, its PDA and smartphone capabilities(alongwith very good marketting) can help Apple to reach a wide customer base and also it will give comman non technical consumers the chance to learn the Apple way of design and operation. As it is many people just drool over the lean mean Mac, its time to have one in pocket and let the world drool. I would personally take it as a PDA device with the capacities of the Mac OS. Now-a-days many PDA have a crossover as a mobile device and a PDA or a portable handheld. It would have been much better had Mr Jobs introduced it as a iPod+PDA and not a smartphone+PDA..

    As far as Indian market is concerned, I think that people will literally do anything to get this fabulous PDA. Reasons of it not used as a smartphone are

    1. India dosent have an EDGE capable network as of 11 jan 07.(If theres any, please market yourself more guys. I think former BPL had this, but not clear about it) GPRS is present, but the operators charge it like hell, and a its an example of a paradox that BSNL broadband is much cheaper and affordable then the GPRS provided by blokes like Airtel, Hutch, !dea and the CDMA players like Reliance and Tata Indicom.

    2. 3G is absent. My motorazr can take a 2.5G and 3G, but as of now, I dont think that any provider has this facility.

    3. Nokia already dominates the hi-end market in India, but it never markets its any smartphone as a PDA. Nor does it offer any features as compared to the iPhone, although their N-series has got some serious multimedia features. Theres pretty tough competition for survival.

    The asian market is full of varied diversities. Japan has got its own NTT DoCoMo, India has got WLL, CDMA, GSM, and all are incompaitable with each other. I hope that by the time iPhone reaches Asian market, the final picture will become much clear, and hopefully, the Apple iPhone will give Apple and consumers a great functionality.

    Update on June 25, 2008.

    Apple iPhone is to be launched in India by Vodafone. To book your iPhone in India, sms IPHONE to 56789. The price of iPhone is expected to be around 25000 + taxes. So get your savings out for this beauty.. 😉

    Update on July 11, 2008.

    Please check out this link which shows an Apple iPhone in India. According to it, IPhone will be officially available in September 2008.

    Update on July 22, 2008.

    RIM Blackberry Bold 9000 is the deemed Apple iPhone killer, this link says so..

    Update on August 22, 2008

    Rejoice, the Apple iPhone to cost Rs 31000/- for 8 GB model and Rs 36000/- for the 16 CG model. Add to it the absence of 3G in India. Enjoy.. 😉

     
    • Recho 3:23 pm on January 21, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      in bangalore, both hutch and airtel offer edge connectivity. i’m not too sure of the others.

    • Harshad Joshi 8:43 am on January 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks.

    • Sujit Soman 2:23 am on March 6, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the info., it’s wait and watch ultimately for us…

    • sarab 6:44 am on March 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      well if you think about it dis way……a brilliant video mp3 player with an amazing touchscreen pda features…u will be enticed to buy it

    • suman 5:27 pm on March 29, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Airtel already offers GPRS with EDGE in all major cities – though it doesn’t do much publicity about it.

    • Gagan 12:08 am on March 31, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      All leading service providers provide GPRS with EDGE connectivity. No wonder that since 2005, most of the phones launched in India already feature EDGE capability. The service has been around for a long time now.

      In Mumbai, players providing EDGE networks are Hutch, BPL and Airtel.

    • chinmoy 10:26 am on March 31, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      can u guys tell me from where can i buy an iphone???

    • Harshad Joshi 5:22 pm on March 31, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Oh no..I wont tell… 😉

    • Johnson 7:07 pm on June 25, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      When would the i-phone launch in India

    • Vihang 10:50 am on July 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      True, they are EDGE networks. But they are only local EDGE networks. Just like the pseudo-broadband service we get in INDIA, the EDGE networks are not really EDGE. It’s Indian-EDGE. Worse but good enough for people who don’t know what speeds should be

    • Harshad Joshi 12:42 pm on July 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @vihang
      Thats scary….!

    • Himani 5:20 pm on July 21, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Is iphone available in india now? I wanted to know if the only way to order it is through the net or it’s hit the indian markets? How much would it cost approximately?

    • Harshad Joshi 6:23 pm on July 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Himan

      Launching iPhone in Asia is going to take a lot of time, might be the next year…

      Till then you can enjoy Nokia N-series or Motorola handsets which has got competitive features including camera, GPRS, EDGE, music player etc, you can even try out the Blackberry Pearl available in India from Airtel and Hutch.

    • Mandeep Manchanda 7:48 am on August 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hi I am waiting for the I phone to be lunched in India from past 1 year.

    • Mandeep Manchanda 7:50 am on August 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hi I am waiting for the I phone to be lunched in India from past 1 year. So any information when it is going to lunched.

    • Siddharth Mehta 6:30 am on October 18, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i already OWN an iPHONE in Bangalore, INDIA. I got it from US, cracked it, and i’m using it on the Hutch network.

      The UI is good enough.. intuitive, and requires almost prior knowledge.

      Haven’t really used edge, cos i use WiFi at home.

    • Syed 9:55 am on December 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Siddharth..
      Iam from bangalore..one of myfriend is bringing iphone this december for me.Can u please tell me how to unlock it?..
      thanks

      my cell no 9980125708

    • Harshad Joshi 11:44 am on December 4, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Did you guys take a look at Apple iPod Touch? Its same as the iPhone except for a more lean design and less phone features.. 🙂

    • Humera Patel 6:15 am on December 6, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Siddharth Mehta,

      I am planning to give my boyfriend an iphone. Will you be able to help me suprise him please? I will be coming to India in Jan 2008. Please help! I will owe you my first born child (Just messin!!!)

      U can email me with details on how to unlock it at humera1@gmail.com

      Thanks!

    • Vikas 10:08 am on February 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      hi,
      When will the Apple iphone going to be launched India? and its price?????

    • Harshad Joshi 4:48 pm on February 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Vikas
      The iPhone will be available in mid July 08 or early 2009 in India and will cost approximately 15000/- and above, depending upon the facilities in India and enhancements made to iPhone.

    • Kevin Quadros 6:37 am on March 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Coud you please let me know if the IPhone Mac OS will have any problems interfacing with MS Office[Windows OS] and how to unlock it

    • Kevin Quadros 6:38 am on March 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry.. my mail id is kevinquaddy@gmail.com

    • Prasad 12:17 pm on June 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Whats the MRP Price in india for apple iphone and where we have to buy in bangalore. Is any tax will apply with 199$. Please reply….. When it will be launched in bangalore..

    • Anand 11:14 am on July 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Airtel and vodafone are officialy launching iphone in coming august or september you can book urs at their galleries the expected price is between 8000-15000

    • Ram 3:24 am on July 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      What will be the price of apple i phone in india i want to buy in BAngalore so please some 1 guide me . .

    • Harshad Joshi 4:52 am on July 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Ram
      The Apple iPhone 3G will cost 199$ + taxes ie == Rs 7761/- with extra tax for 8 GB model while the 16 GB Apple iPhne will cost around 299$ == Rs 11661/-

      Expect the iPhone to be launched in India around September 2008 and later.

    • Niharika 12:25 pm on July 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi is blackbery better than i phone , in terms of Emails access

    • Harshad Joshi 2:06 pm on July 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Niharika

      RIMs Blackberry’s new device “Bold 9000″ is a deadly match with iPhone.Blackberry still remains email-king. iPhone’s email client needs to be more powerful.There are actually different audiences for both Blackberry and iPhone.

      Both the phones are pretty cool ! 😉

      Courtesy http://itsteju.wordpress.com/2008/07/21/blackberry_bold_9000/

    • Madhu 2:20 am on August 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      The moment you have been waiting for is here. The new iPhone 3G premieres August 22, 2008 in India. iPhone 3G will be available in 2 exciting options:
      1.8 GB (Black) for Rs 31000
      2.16GB (White & Black) for Rs 36100

    • Harshad Joshi 3:41 am on August 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Madhu

      Yeah, I heard that basic iPhone will cost Rs 31000/- including taxes in India. However, the cost of 3G will be seperate, I am not sure if 3G is available in India as yet, talks are still on..

      Gosh Rs 31000/- means a lot of money…I dont think I would ever spend that much amount on a phone, let it be the most beautiful one, I dont care..

    • mohana 4:40 am on August 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Guys,

      If the price is 31000 and 36000 for 8GB and 16GB respectively, then i am damn sure it will be a flop show for Steve Jobs in indian market.

      People in india are not much aware of the latest technology what US people are crazy about, we need a phone with good qulity.. since I phone has got good features like Ipod, multi finger touch.. people are much satisfied with this..

      So what i suggest is, give us the basic phone with Ipod and multi touch technology, we do not need the internet device.. we have got so many cyber cafe around to browse.. so if price is 12000 to 16000 deffenetly it will be a good show for Apple in india.

      All the best for Apple..

  • Harshad Joshi 5:10 am on January 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Apple shares up on iPhone launch(Well finally..) 

    Apple iPhone

    Shares in Apple Computer closed some 8% higher on news that it is launching a touch screen mobile phone, the iPhone.

    News of the device – to be used exclusively on the Cingular Wireless network – sent shares in smart phones, iPhone’s competitors, sharply lower.The iPhone, costing from $499 (£257) to $599, will be on sale from June in the US and from October in Europe.The phone with 4 gigabyte (GB) of memory will cost $499 while the higher price is for a model with twice the memory space.

    Also at the Macworld event in San Francisco Mr Jobs said that the firm would change its name to simply Apple.

    The move to switch from calling the firm Apple Computer to Apple is an indication of the firm’s focus on consumer electronics, Mr Jobs said.

    Mr Jobs predicted that in 2008, when the phone will start being available in Asia, the firm could sell 10 million iPhones, equivalent to 1% of today’s yearly mobile phone market.

    Competition from other players in Smartphone catagory

    Andrew Seibert, of Stewart Capital Advisors, said phone firm Verizon might have to watch out and other manufacturers “may have some problems”.

    Analyst Shannon Cross of Soleil Cross Research said the move would lead consumers to “upgrade some of the existing iPods” but more crucially it would cause greater competition for existing smart phones.

    Shares in smart phones fell on the news, with Research in Motion – the maker of Blackberry devices, tumbling nearly 8% on the Nasdaq.

    “We won’t find out for another six months what real impact (the iPhone) is going to have in the channels,” said Research Capital analyst Nick Agostino.

    But after the news the market was reacting to potential stiff competition ahead between Apple and smart phone makers – including Nokia, Motorola and Palm, for high end consumers.

    Mr Jobs said: “Most advanced phones are called smart phones. But they are actually not so smart, and really not so easy to use.”

    ‘Revolutionary’

    We are all born with the ultimate pointing device – our fingers – iPhone uses them to create the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse

    Steve Jobs, chief executive, Apple Computer


    Users will be able to play music from iTunes and take photos with the new phone.

    “We are all born with the ultimate pointing device – our fingers – and iPhone uses them to create the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse,” said Mr Jobs.

    The iPhone name is currently owned by Cisco and the firm said it expected to reach an agreement with Apple Computer over the trademark following the announcement by Mr Jobs.

    The two firms have been in talks and a Cisco spokesperson said she expected “to receive a signed agreement [on Tuesday]”.By close of trade Apple shares were $7.10 higher at $92.57. AT&T, the firm behind Cingular Wireless, saw its shares add 13 cents, to $33.94.

    The full specs:
    Screen size: 3.5 inches
    Screen resolution: 320 by 480 at 160 ppi
    Input method: Multi-touch
    Operating system: OS X
    Storage: 4GB or 8GB
    GSM: Quad-band (MHz: 850, 900, 1800, 1900)
    Wireless data: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + EDGE + Bluetooth 2.0
    Camera: 2.0 megapixels
    Battery: Up to 5 hours Talk / Video / Browsing, Up to 16 hours Audio playback
    Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches
    Weight: 4.8 ounces / 135 grams

    Final word – Drool..

     
    • Tara 1:47 am on November 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I NEED TO KNOW Where And When Can I Purchase This Phone!????

    • Mobile Phone Images 12:25 pm on November 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      It’s nice looking phone, but it’s far from our normal people range.

    • Harshad Joshi 12:41 pm on November 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, I agree

    • Sanraj dev 6:28 pm on February 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      hey jst wana knw hw mch dis iphone costs 2 me ya here in india

      thnx

      reply me as soon as possible !!!

    • Cell Phone Reviews 6:31 pm on April 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Really a great amazing phone nice work done here…..

    • lambo_fen 9:27 pm on April 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      brao we noo qko naprao noo me kefi brat az sam noo lud fen na iphone 4ove4e tva e nai ludiq tel jalko 4e v balgariq rqdko se namira takav a i ot amerika nemoje da se razkodira apk i v balgariq daje i da nameri6 6te sa dosta skapi 😦 lo6a rabota

    • Harshad 8:49 am on April 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @lambo

      what was that…!!!

  • Harshad Joshi 5:44 pm on November 26, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Broadband in India and Abroad – part 2 

    Today BSNL announced a launch of a new broadband service codenamed ‘TripleNet’ which will allow users to use the phone, surf the net, and above all, watch the TV on PC.

    Phase 1 will include free to air TV channels and Phase 2 will have value added services like games, FM radio, movies on demand and above all – video telephony. Instead of a modem, a set top box will be provided, and cable media will be used as the default connection. However, its unclear whether satellite communication will be used or not.

    Pune will be the first city in India where this kind of service will be tested and will be launched for all around Jan 2007. Apart from some technical hitches, BSNL broadband is regarded as an affordable way to get online comparatively fast.

    The other exciting thing would be a wirefree connection, and according to some sources, Pune is soon to get Wi-Max too.

    Hmm..the future appears bright and connected.

     
    • JV 6:38 pm on November 26, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Great news, I am being a netddict , waiting for such scheme.

    • shardul 4:12 pm on November 28, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Comment removed. Probable Spammer spotted.

    • Jigar 2:29 pm on December 13, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Can you lead us to the official announcement ?

  • Harshad Joshi 11:55 am on November 25, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    The Great Indian ‘copying’ challenge 

    Watching the TV continiously for a few days has made me realize that all the major TV Channels in India have absolutely lost their creative ideas and are hell bent in aping the US reality TV shows  and hopelessly trying to ‘indianize’ that version.

    Its a shame that these people, who are capable of having a large and good impact on Indian people, are themselves trying to find a readymade solution by doing this. The current live shows – Bigg Boss, [V] Roadies, FameX etc show nothing but absolutely wrong picture of Indian youth and its utterly disgrace to watch the pathetic things that are displayed all over. These programs are portraying – ‘Do anything. Lie, cheat, backstab, gossip, but survive’. However, there are a few entities who ae very happy on these shows. They are – Mobil communication companies, soft drink companies, and apparel companies, media managers, self proclaimed ‘ad-gurus’. Their profits are booming sky high. I lost Rs 5/- for sending one  sms to a reality show. Face it – I felt as if I gave it to a roadside begger.

    Only the (ruling) government owned Doordarshan is somewhat avoiding this trend, because its the only channel that has a wide reach to the most remotest place in India and is very cautious in preserving its image as a channel for masses. But unfortunately, the quality of content on Doordarshan is unspeakable, ununderstandable and its better to ignore this.

    Actually, watching the whole scenario, its clear that private channels are falling short of quality TV content and good old Doordarshan is uninterested in trying something new. The immature private news channels apparently are more obsessed with the concept of ‘breaking news’. For that these blokes can do anything. Almost anything. They can display unwatchable dead bodies, they can display blood, they can have a talk with henious murdarars, they can invite criminals live to their studios, they can have a live coverage of indian prisons, they can have sting operations on people, anything is possible….

    I wonder, who can beat the shit out of them?

     
    • JV 6:22 am on November 26, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Cant disagree with you. I frustrate whenever I have just causal glance at my tv screen. Today tv is the admittedly largest media, influencing the entire India effectively(adversely, I would rather say).

      But what can be done, when mass of people really enjoy such ‘creative’ programme.

      There is no direct control over what channels are showing.

    • SR 6:06 am on December 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      dude this is the basic buy n sell principle of economics. and it does not depend on a country or its cable providers, its the viewers who govern what needs to be shown on tv. but i certainly agree with you on two points, these shows are stupid and india lacks creativity not only in field of media but also in science and arts

    • archispeaks 9:04 am on November 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      true…sad but true!!

  • Harshad Joshi 12:44 pm on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google Co-op Search Engine 

    I think I am a little late on this topic,but anyway…

    This is my new Google Co-op Search Engine over here.

    Feel free to experiment, but note that it dosent index thousand/million/billion pages. However, it does incorporate nice links and good content for technology/food/linux/Web 2.0 fans and users. And following Googles method, its currently in beta.

    Direct link to Semantic Space – http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=004747769890504554559%3Anckzlkyfnc0

    There is one Rollyo also, but I think that its less technical.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 3:28 pm on October 13, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Broadband in India and abroad. 

    Harshad Joshi hates waiting on a site for too long

    If by any chance you have encountered this image on some other site for more then 40 seconds, then you know that you are not using Broadband to access that particular site.

    Broadband is often called high-speed Internet, because it usually has a high rate of data. In general, any connection to the customer of 256 kbit/s (0.256 Mbit/s) or more is considered broadband Internet. The International Telecommunication Union Standardization Sector (ITU-T) recommendation I.113 has defined broadband as a transmission capacity that is faster than primary rate ISDN, at 1.5 to 2 Mbit/s. The FCC definition of broadband is 200 kbit/s (0.2 Mbit/s) in one direction, and advanced broadband is at least 200 kbit/s in both directions. The OECD has defined broadband as 256 kbit/s in at least one direction and this bit rate is the most common baseline that is marketed as “broadband” around the world. There is no specific bitrate defined by the industry, however, and “broadband” can mean lower-bitrate transmission methods. Some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) use this to their advantage in marketing lower-bitrate connections as broadband.

    In practice, the advertised bandwidth is not always reliably available to the customer; ISPs often allow a greater number of subscribers than their backbone connection can handle, under the assumption that most users will not be using their full connection capacity very frequently. This aggregation strategy works more often than not, so users can typically burst to their full bandwidth most of the time; however, peer-to-peer file sharing systems, often requiring extended durations of high bandwidth, stress these assumptions, and can cause major problems for ISPs who have excessively overbooked their capacity. As takeup for these introductory products increases, telcos are starting to offer higher bit rate services. For existing connections, this most of the time simply involves reconfiguring the existing equipment at each end of the connection.

    As the bandwidth delivered to end-users increases, the market expects that video on demand services streamed over the Internet will become more popular, though at the present time such services generally require specialised networks. The data rates on most broadband services still do not suffice to provide good quality video, as MPEG-2 quality video requires about 6 Mbit/s for good results. Adequate video for some purposes becomes possible at lower data rates, with rates of 768 kbit/s and 384 kbit/s used for some video conferencing applications. The MPEG-4 format delivers high-quality video at 2 Mbit/s, at the high end of cable modem and ADSL performance.

    India has created a mobile revolution, but now, we are waiting for yet another broadband revolution that will help in faster communication and easy sharing of information at a rapid speed. As time progresses, we will definately feel the need of fast internet access due to following reasons.

    1. The paradigm change from ‘fixed’ desktop apps to ‘live’ and usable ‘online widgets. Many sites like Google and Yahoo! have got various useful services and widgets that can be utilized efficiently only on a relatively fast net access. Most importantly, these apps are available at a cost of 0 rs. Money saved is money earned.

    2. Conventional media services have proven inefficient and unsufficient to reach the masses, only radios have succeded, but the time taken to do so is very slow and a radio service has got very few VAS. To reach more people at a time and enable to them to have a multiple way of communication is another advantage of broadband. We see that todays media is only a ‘one-way’ information transfer system. You can listen, but you cannot ‘talk’

    3. Financial institutes like banks, stock markets, etc will recieve a boost and will enchance their capability.

    4. Broadband will also help to spread education and at the same time, will help in reducing the digital divide and economical rift between the various levels of society.

    Its very brief, but I think that all readers of this blog will agree that India needs more broadband services as compared with abroad.

     
    • Hiren 1:00 pm on October 14, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I read somewhere that by 2007, India will have 100million internet users which should imply an expansion in broadband services. Broadband is a must for spread of online education. What you have said about video is bang on target.

    • irfanhab 1:39 pm on October 14, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I think India should more concentrate on wireless broadband, WiMAX/WiFi, because in many developing countries the telephony infrastructure and land line is insufficient, and thus reaches only a small portion of the population.

      I live in Pakistan, and use broadband at home, but broadband here is available only in the big cities, not in other 80% of the country, and thats because of the landline/telephony infrastructure, thus I believe that developing nations should focus more on developing wireless broadband to boost there connectivity.

    • Harshad Joshi 2:02 pm on October 14, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Mr IrfanHab
      India is far more progressed then Pakistan in all fields. And on top of that, there is no sign of democracy in Pakistan, no freedom, no policies.

      We have got broadband almost all over India, only thing is that we need that more Indians should make use of it. We are always proud to be Indian.

      But anyways, thanks for the suggestions.

    • Saawan 8:40 pm on October 14, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      And companies in India are planning to bring IPTV to India! huh

    • Harshad Joshi 5:02 am on October 15, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Saawan

      Dont worry dude. India has got all those facilities and there are people who can buy not only an IPTV  but also their own private satellite. Its just a matter of time when the Indian economy gets a real boost. And it wont be a boom, it will be a real and fast growth that will enable India to be in the top markets in this consumer oriented world.

      The only apparant thing that concerns me is the – Digital Divide and Economical rift which is prevalent in the country due to somewhat outdated distribution system. If we can replace that system with a new and working one, I guess that we will soon be called a ‘progressed’ and advanced country much before 2020.

      We need that more people should make use of these facilities and demand it from the govt. We need technically literate people. A knowledge based society is always better in many senses. Not only they are loyal to country but they can also help in preventing terrorism in any form.

    • broadband 10:05 am on October 16, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      This month AT&T has been granted a telecom license as first foreign carrier, perhaps they will be able to bring more broadband options in the near future.

  • Harshad Joshi 5:11 pm on October 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google AJAX Search API (Beta) 

    Each time I used to log in my Google personalized page, I just couldent used to stop me from wondering – ‘Can I add these rich apps on my blogs too??’

    The Google AJAX Search API is designed to make it easier for webmasters and developers to do two things:

    1. Add a dynamic search box to your site that includes Google Web, Video, News, Maps, and Blog search results.
    2. Build powerful web apps on top of Google search.

    The Google AJAX Search API provides simple web objects that perform inline searches over a number of Google services (Web Search, Local Search, Video Search, Blog Search, and News Search). If your web page is designed to help users create content (e.g. message boards, blogs, etc.), the API is designed to support these activities by allowing them to copy search results directly into their messages.

    Long live Web 2.0

    ;-D

    There are several reasons for Google to make use of AJAX apps.

    1. AJAX apps are very useful in distributed computer systems, where local environment differs from every device. No need of an extra plugin. All programs are run within the browser itself. It adds to some extra security(sort of..)
    2. Its very easy to write completely functional apps with local enhancements that can run easyly on demand.

    3. The execution and response time of these AJAX apps is very less, thus enhancing productivity.

    4. Even though J2EE is also a close competitor in this field, normal Javascript is comparatively more easy to learn and program.

    5. And finally, people like apps that are fast, attractive and work without major trouble and headache.  Not many people like to install a Java/Macromedia plugin. This does count at the end of the day.

    Thus this is the small step towards Google OS.

    Wait and watch..more will follow shortly.

     
    • Apun Ka Desh 12:15 pm on October 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting Info…

    • technikhil 2:35 pm on October 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      This is just the latest in a series of innovations from Google (refer my post http://technikhil.wordpress.com/2006/07/16/googlenaut-the-online-blitzkrieg/)
      It has really shaken up the internet as we know it pioneering most of the hip online technologies like AJAX and Mashups.
      Yahoo is doing a pretty good job catching up though (http://technikhil.wordpress.com/2006/10/05/yahoos-web-20-makeover/) . It is interesting to see the oneupmanship that these companies do to each other…

    • Harshad Joshi 3:12 pm on October 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @technikhil

      Yes, you are right.

      But today while observing Yahoo!, its apparent that the company has lost its focus. First it tried to topple AOL from online portal bussiness, and concentrated on providing goodies and colourful products to end users. It did manage to pull of AOL’s share, but in doing that, it just slipped on the future online trends management.

      At that very time Google slowly expanded its image and bussiness from reliable search engine to a trend setter in online bussiness. While Yahoo! limited its ad market solely to US citizens, Google gave a chance to everyone to earn money through Adwords. This move made Yahoo! loose its potential consumers. A very wrong decision.

      Definately we will analyse Yahoo! and some of its ‘fiasco’ decisions in much detail sometime later on this blog 😀

    • Ashish 7:00 pm on October 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I am not so sure about the point about Yahoo failing. It seems to have got back on track in the last few quarters, and about now, seems the only one who can think of matching Google in terms of innovations. Yahoo answers was the first new thing ahead of others, and Yahoo Photo continues to march on.
      Google has failed miseably in its IM, as compared to Yahoo and MS.

    • Harshad Joshi 8:06 pm on October 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ashish

      Yahoo! Answers is certainly one of the best services we have. I just cannot agree more..

      But on the other hand, if Yahoo! has got a ‘good’ service called as ‘Yahoo! Photo’, then what about ‘Flickr’? Incidently, more Yahoo! users prefer ‘Flickr’ as compared to Y! Photos. Not only Yahoo!, but also others make use of it. So a question naturally comes to my mind – ‘Whats the need of Yahoo! photos, when Flickr is more usable or vice versa?’

      It clearly points that Yahoo! is confused over its some decisions. At this top level, such funny incidents can clearly be termed as a sort of ‘failure’. This is my interpretation of a probable failure. YMMV. 🙂

      Google has failed miseably in its IM, as compared to Yahoo and MS

      You need to be a serious diehard M$ and Yahoo! fan to say this. 😀
      I dont mind Yahoo! IM, but M$…??!!!

      We must not forget that Gtalk, Googles IM has been launched just a year ago. We yet have to see the true competition between these softwares.

      I find no problems with Gtalk. Not only it allows to chat, but it also allows to share files over the net. Not only that, it also offers ‘libjingle’ and opensource XMPP/Jabber project under linux for free.. 🙂

      Its not free that matters. It also needs to be convinient. 😀

    • Harshad Joshi 8:10 pm on October 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      We must agree that Google Adwords and Adsense technology has got no competition as of today, because nearly 67% * of todays visible sites make use of Google related Technology to monetize their size.

      • Wait. It needs some verifications. 😀
    • Nick 7:26 pm on December 24, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve implemented the google search api in my wordpress blog here . Nice. I like.

  • Harshad Joshi 10:27 am on September 29, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Mission Google Wordmaster 

    Tommorow is gonna a great day. 298* people. 6 different cities. One competition, One aim – Who is going to be a Google Wordmaster..??

    Here I come… 🙂

    Because I blog of nothing but mainly of Google and its related technologies, I shouldent worry much. But its scary when someone asks you to write an essay. Theres always a difference between an essay and a blog. 😉

    The last time I remember writin’ an essay is my 12th HSC English paper in 2001, where I scored a decent 73%.

    But for no reasons it adds pressure when Google asks for its potential impacts on society and blah..blah blah..

    Who cares?? Google is good for me. I dunno of the rest of remaining mortals.

    • I registered twice and Dad said no to the invitation. So it leaves a total of 300 – 2 == 298 blokes trying hard to reach to the top of glory.
     
    • Mitul 6:19 am on October 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi,
      This is Mitul Bhavsar.
      I visited Google WordMaster competition and it really rocks. It has been taken by Google India. Their employees came from their different branches and took a test of competitors.
      They also gave us a nice goodie bag contained a writing pad, a pen and a keychain (google branded). I expected some coffee and junk food which could leave a good impression but didn’t get them though. 🙂
      Any way, overall it was a nice experience.
      Thanks Google…
      Mitul

    • arshad 6:20 pm on December 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

  • Harshad Joshi 4:48 am on September 27, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    The future of Google and conventional computing(beta version 0.01) 

    Today I had a nice closer look at Google Writely, a free and easy option for word processing. Infact, I must say that it is a nice product, definately a good competition to its paid and bloated counterpart MS Word.

    Going by current product releases by Google, it seems that now the paradigm is slowly but surely shifting from offline, desktop based apps to online, Web apps, in which broadband has goot a major role to play. There are many speculation as how the GoogleOS would be like, and even I would like to put in my views.

    1. At the core, Google will have a very minimalistic version of OS kernel (either Ubuntu or its own derived from GNU sources)

    2. The job of this core will just be limited to setup the screen, perform minor system checks, set local time and after authentication, log on the the main server or the cluster grid to which the computer(in this case a thin client) belongs.

    3. HDD will mainly be used as a supportive backup utility and will contain small apps needed for booting and setting up the system.

    4. The apps will be similar to the ones like we have seen – Google Writely (for all text processing), Spreadsheets (for all tables), Google Pages, Blogger etc.

    All these services will work as a unified collection of tools togather.

    5. And the best part of this is that all apps will be free for commercial or personal use. Google will earn its future income mainly through ads, big corporate markets and can even venture into consumer product market like shopping malls etc.

    6. The market for distributed computing and apps will be at its best and Google will also get its major share from creating a very economical desktop for developing countries like India, Brazil, China etc. The software will be developed into local languages and this will help in reducing information and digital divide across the globe.

    7. Google will create redundant cluster grids that will be deployed in space research, pharmaceutical and drug modelling, SETI, Human genome product etc. Googles search technology will be used to explore gigantic databases.

    Now for some challenges to be faced by Google.

    1. Issues related to local polictics and Government regulations.

    2. Problems related to privacy.

    3. Lack of fast broadband facilities in many parts of the world.

    (Disclaimer – This post in beta and may be modified by author as per updated information. Commercial use not allowed without permission of author. Can contain wrong spellings and grammatical mistakes, which are natural to be present when posts are written in a quickfire way. BTW, as I said, this post is still in its beta version 😀 Today is incidently Google’s 8th birthday)

     
    • Hiren 5:25 am on September 28, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like google is sounding the booglve. Very very interesting post. I was not aware of any of these things. Except for the forced compromise that it made in China, google has been doing fine.

    • Harshad Joshi 6:55 am on September 28, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Thats what I am saying. As it contunues to spread around the globe, Google is definately going to face issues from local government and polititions. Apart from that, many users also accuse Google of overusing its ‘cookies’ policy that helps it to collect each and every possible information about the user and potentialy a consumer.
      But nevertheless, the future appears bright and good, till Google maintains its ‘Dont be (too much) evil !!’ policy and thats what we want..free apps and good search engine that provides relevant results.. 😀

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